The Finland women's national football team represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.
|Nickname(s)||Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)|
|Head coach||Anna Signeul|
|Most caps||Laura Österberg Kalmari (130)|
|Top scorer||Laura Österberg Kalmari (41)|
|Current||31 1 (12 July 2019)|
|Highest||14 (September 2005)|
|Lowest||32 (March 2019)|
| Finland 0–0 Sweden |
(Mariehamn, 25 August 1973)
| Finland 7–0 Armenia |
(Helsinki, 21 November 2009)
| Denmark 9–0 Finland |
(Vejen, 26 July 1975)
|UEFA Women's Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2005)|
|Best result||Semifinals (2005)|
|1991||Did Not Qualify|
|1984||Did Not Qualify|
|2017||Did Not Qualify|
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The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's football events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Football.
|1996||did not enter|
|1997||did not enter|
|2016||did not enter|
|2017||did not enter|
|2018||did not enter|
Head coach: Andrée Jeglertz
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Minna Meriluoto||4 October 1985||58||0||HJK Helsinki|
|23||GK||Tinja-Riikka Korpela (vc)||5 May 1986||71||0||FC Bayern München|
|3||DF||Tuija Hyyrynen||10 March 1988||84||1||Fortuna Hjørring|
|5||DF||Emma Koivisto||25 September 1994||22||1||Florida State Seminoles|
|6||DF||Katarina Naumanen||24 July 1995||9||0||HJK Helsinki|
|2||DF||Maija Saari (c)||26 March 1986||95||11||Vålerenga Fotball|
|16||DF||Anna Westerlund||9 April 1989||92||1||Lillestrøm SK|
|8||MF||Olga Ahtinen||15 August 1997||0||0||Turun Palloseura|
|10||MF||Emmi Alanen||30 April 1991||63||14||Vittsjö GIK|
|11||MF||Nora Heroum||20 July 1994||48||1||Brescia Calcio Femminile|
|15||MF||Natalia Kuikka||1 December 1995||24||2||Florida State Seminoles|
|7||MF||Annika Kukkonen||12 April 1990||75||2||Djurgårdens IF FF|
|4||MF||Ria Öling||15 September 1994||13||1||Santa Teresa CD|
|20||MF||Linda Ruutu||17 February 1990||14||1||HJK Helsinki|
|14||MF||Iina Salmi||12 October 1994||3||0||Ajax|
|13||FW||Jenny Danielsson||30 August 1994||11||3||Sporting de Huelva|
|19||FW||Adelina Engman||11 October 1994||42||6||Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC|
|22||FW||Sanni Franssi||19 March 1995||7||1||FC Zürich Frauen|
|9||FW||Juliette Kemppi||14 May 1994||23||3||Kolbotn IL|
|18||FW||Linda Sällström||13 July 1988||71||29||Vittsjö GIK|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Siiri Välimaa||14 April 1990||0||0||Kolbotn IL||v. Portugal; 7 June 2016 PRE|
|DF||Janni Laakso||5 July 1996||0||0||FC Honka||v. Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE|
|DF||Katri Mattsson||22 November 1982||100||3||FC Ilves||v. Spain; 27 October 2015|
|DF||Tia Painilainen||25 October 1996||0||0||Arizona Wildcats||v. Portugal; 7 June 2016 PRE|
|MF||Kaisa Björn||29 July 1989||0||0||FC Ilves||v. Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE|
|MF||Riikka Ketoja||10 September 1994||5||0||Sunnanå SK||v. Australia; 9 March 2015|
|MF||Sanna Saarinen||4 September 1991||17||3||PK-35 Vantaa||v. Montenegro; 12 April 2016|
|MF||Julia Tunturi||25 April 1996||6||0||Åland United||v. Republic of Ireland; 9 March 2016|
|MF||Ella Vanhanen||15 September 1993||0||0||Åland United||v. Montenegro; 12 April 2016 PRE|
|FW||Tia Hälinen||18 February 1994||3||0||Santa Teresa CD||v. Norway; 29 May 2015|
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Finland squads – UEFA Women's Championship